Birmingham Phoenix v London Spirit predictions and cricket betting tips
Home side could prove a big hit at Edgbaston
Free cricket tips, best bets and analysis for Friday's men's and women's matches between Birmingham Phoenix and London Spirit in the The Hundred.
Where to watch
Sky Sports Cricket, Main Event & Mix, 3pm & 6.30pm Friday
Birmingham Phoenix Men to hit more sixes
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Deandra Dottin top London Spirit Women runscorer
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The Hundred preview
Edgbaston gets its first taste of The Hundred on Friday when it hosts fixtures between Birmingham Phoenix and London Spirit in the men's and women's tournaments.
The Birmingham men's side have plenty of batting power in their ranks and they are worth backing to hit more sixes than the visitors in the 6.30pm game.
The Phoenix will hope to have England's Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone, who struck 13 maximums in three Twenty20 innings against Pakistan, in their inaugural 11.
But the hosts have several other big hitters including New Zealand youngster Finn Allen, who has cleared the ropes 44 times in 29 T20 innings, Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond and Gloucestershire's Benny Howell.
All-rounder Howell is also part of a canny Birmingham bowling attack featuring Moeen, Imran Tahir and Chris Woakes and they could keep the Spirit batsmen quiet.
The women's match starts at 3pm and exciting openers Shefali Verma of India and Tammy Beaumont of England are solid favourites to top-score for Birmingham and London respectively.
At the prices, though, it could pay to side with Beaumont's opening partner Deandra Dottin, the vastly experienced West Indies all-rounder who holds the record for the fastest century in women's Twenty20 internationals.
That 38-ball effort came against South Africa in 2010 but she also showcased her ball-striking quality against England last summer, posting scores of 69, 38 and 63 in the first three T20 internationals in Derby, and she hit four sixes in three T20 innings against Pakistan earlier this month.
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